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Coronavirus live updates: May 29 2020

By bristol247, Thursday May 28, 2020

Number 10 continues to back Dominic Cummings despite a backlash from opposition politicians and members of the Conservative party.

A Government spokesperson has said:  “The prime minister has said he believes Mr Cummings behaved reasonably and legally given all the circumstances and he regards this issue as closed.”

In Bristol today, Kerry McCarthy MP and Thangam Debbonaire MP are holding a roundtable discussion, discussing city-wide ways to support the recovery of our arts, music, and culture as we come out of the coronavirus crisis.

The discussion comes as theatre leaders across the country write an open letter to culture secretary Oliver Dowden regarding the importance of BAME perspectives in the arts, and asking these to be valued during coronavirus recovery.

The letter says diverse theatre-makers are “essential to the arts returning at full strength and playing its part in our nation’s recovery”.

Scroll down for the latest updates:

6pm
That’s the end of our live blog from today. Thanks for reading.

5.44pm
Here’s a round up of updates and news from throughout:

  • A month-long pilot season of online experiences from cultural organisations across Bristol begins on Friday with Messiah streamed from the stage of the Bristol Old Vic.
  • Cabot Circus has announced that it will officially re-open on June 15, in line with the latest guidance from the Government.
  • Rail bosses are urging people to only travel if necessary as lockdown restrictions are due to be eased next week.
  • First Bus is introducing new timetables and increasing selected Bristol routes as lockdown restrictions are eased.

4.53pm
First Bus is introducing new timetables and increasing selected Bristol routes as lockdown restrictions are eased.

The changes will come into play from Sunday, May 31 and aim to support passengers who need to use public transport to get to work, while continuing to maintain social distancing. Read the full story here.

3.39pm
The team that runs North Bristol Food Bank say they have been blown away by the level of support from communities.

The charity that provides emergency supplies to those in need has seen a massive increase since the coronavirus hit.

It is now seeking to support the people who have been working at a grassroots level to coordinate donations by making them ‘community champions’.

Find out more via www.northbristol.foodbank.org.uk/2020/05/13/foodbank-neighbourhood-champions/

2.35pm
The NHS is sharing information about the new test and trace service – and how people can play their part.

1.54pm
Here’s a roundup of some of the latest stories on Bristol24/7:

12.20pm
A new “lockdown lifeline for audiences missing the buzz and community of the city’s cultural scene” will unveil its pilot programme next week.

Founding partners of Bristol Arts Channel include Watershed, Bristol Old Vic, Colston Hall, St Paul’s Carnival, Trinity, Spike Island, St George’s Bristol, MAYK, Arnolfini, Paraorchestra, and Bristol Museums.

Watch this space for more information soon.

11.21am
The gift of plants are making a difference to people’s lives in Knowle West.

10.49am
Rail bosses are urging people to only travel if necessary as lockdown restrictions are due to be eased next week.

Social distancing guidance means that trains can only carry about a tenth of the usual number of passengers, so in order to help those who have no alternative, GWR is asking customers to avoid using services for anything but essential journeys.

The company says it is doing everything it can to help those who do need to travel to keep to social distancing guidance, but warns that it will not be possible at all points of the journey.

GWR interim managing director Matthew Golton said: “With social distancing guidance in place, we are able to carry as little as a tenth of the usual number of passengers, and customers are not yet able to use trains as freely as they once did.

“We are doing everything we can to carry as many people, safely, as we can. This will make sure that those who absolutely need to travel by train can do so. But I must ask you, is your journey really necessary?”

GWR is urging passengers only to travel if necessary – photo courtesy of Network Rail

9.09am
Cabot Circus has announced that it will officially re-open on June 15, in line with the latest guidance from the Government.

A raft of new safety measures will be installed in the city centre retail destination, where only essential stores have remained in operation during lockdown.

These include clear signage throughout, enhanced cleaning processes, live monitoring of footfall, introduction of queuing outside when required, installation of fixed hand sanitiser stations and protective clothing for staff.

While the car park will be open, customers are advised to check Cabot Circus’ website before they visit as some services may not be available.

Lisa Jones, technical services manager at Cabot Circus, said: “It has been a really challenging time for everyone, and we are hugely grateful to the key workers that have done so much over the past few months.

“At Cabot Circus, we’re working really hard to make sure we can re-open on June 15, and that we can do so safely. We ask that people be patient with us though, as the way we shop is going to be different for a while, and visits might take longer than usual. We can’t wait to re-open, and to welcome back our customers.”

Cabot Circus will re-open on June 15, with new safety measures in place

8.45am
Good morning and welcome to today’s live blog. These are some of the latest developments:

  • RWA announces that the Secret Postcard Auction will take place online this year.
  • The University of Bristol has moved all lectures online for the first academic term.
  • Bristol mayor Marvin Rees and metro mayor Tim Bowles spoke with the Bristol and West of England Initiative to discuss economic recovery.
  • Dominic Cummings’ lockdown breach continues to overshadow national coronavirus news.

Main photo: Lowie Trevena

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